If a friend or loved one of yours has a 40th birthday coming up, you can make the celebration extra special by creating a poster board to display some of the birthday boy's favourite things, or memories that are sure to make the birthday girl smile all day. Using a few craft items and other creative details can make the poster stand out and serve as a sentimental keepsake for the recipient.
Purchase poster board in the recipient's favourite colour, or buy a white poster if you plan on adding lots of colour to the "gift."
Glue lace or ribbon around the sides of the poster board to create a border. Or, tie ribbons into bows and glue a bow onto each corner of the poster board. You can also use markers to create a border, or decorate the corners with drawn-on designs.
Use puff paint to decorate the poster by painting the words "Happy 40th Birthday" or "We Love You" in the centre of the poster. The paint will give the poster more texture so that it will stand out.
Cut out magazine images of the recipient's favourite things. For instance, you can remove a stylish pair of shoes from a magazine fashion ad to glue onto a poster for a woman who loves to dress up. Cutouts of tents or sleeping bags should be featured on the 40th birthday poster for a man who loves the outdoors. You can also use letters from magazines to spell out words such as "love," "life," "fun" or "birthday" to make the poster look more like a collage.
Add photos to the poster. Attach the recipient's baby picture to the poster board, as well as pictures that will remind your loved one of fond memories collected over the past 40 years. For instance, one of your sister's wedding photos can be attached to the poster, or you can attach a picture of you and your best friend as children. If you cannot find all the pictures you want, use the side of the poster (if it is large enough) to write down 40 great things about the recipient --- with the help of your family and friends.
Sign the poster with various marker colours; this is also a great idea if the poster is a "gift" from a group of people. For instance, if you and your children are putting together a poster board for your husband, you can let your little ones sign their name at the bottom of the poster --- use a different colour marker to write a loving message to your husband in the corner of the poster to complete the keepsake.